When you need to keep a slope from blowing or washing away, you have a plethora of options. Erosion control is a wide field and the array of tools and methods at your disposal is vast. Between rip-rap, gabions, hydroseeding, articulated concrete blocks and geoeverything, it’s enough to make your head spin....
In municipalities across the country, the infrastructure for handling runoff from rain events is failing miserably. Many of these systems were built at the turn of the last century, and cannot handle the amount of stormwater coming from impervious surfaces....
Much of the work they do is precautionary or preventive. They not only have to prevent runoff and stabilize slopes, but also try to control the flow of stormwater. Equally as important, they have to make sure it’s done in the proper manner—which means avoiding fines and penalties—and stay within budget....
It seems to have started off with a bang—rain in the Midwest and Southeast, late snow and rain in the East, and in the West, plenty of snow and rain. Although Southern California did not receive the rain ‘punch’ expected from El Nino, it did produce a fair amount of moisture for Northern California....

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